Currently in Toronto — January 4th, 2023

The soggy conditions continue

The weather, currently.

A very slow-moving system continues to drape a band of moisture over the Lower Great Lakes, with a second wave moving in tomorrow night. Wednesday morning will be foggy with scattered showers. The wake-up temperature is near 3°C. Expect showers and drizzle with periods of light rain throughout the day. The temperature remains fairly steady at 3°C. It will be windy at times, with a raw easterly wind 25-50km/h. Some heavier bands of rain will move in by late afternoon, and this will continue into the early overnight.

Wednesday night: light rain tapering to showers and mixing with wet flurries, the low 0°C.

Side Note: A rainfall warning continues for much of SW ON. Also, the risk of freezing rain and ice pellets for parts of Cottage country and Eastern ON will be high for Wednesday evening, travel will likely be impacted. Stay safe and be well.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

At least seven countries in Europe experienced their warmest January on record on New Year’s Day in a historic winter warmth.

Temperatures in Latvia soared to 52 degrees F (11.1 degrees C); Denmark 54.7 degrees (12.6 degrees C); Lithuania 58.3 degrees F (14.6 degrees C); Belarus 61.5 degrees F (16.4 degrees C); the Netherlands 62.4 degrees F (16.9 degrees C); Poland 66.2 degrees F (19 degrees C); and the Czech Republic 67.3 degrees F (19.6 degrees C), breaking records as the new year approached.

This warm spell came after a record-warm year in many parts of Europe—including in the U.K., Switzerland, and Germany—due to the increased frequency and severity of human-caused extreme weather and climate change.

Extreme heat washed over Europe in waves throughout the years, and became more intense during the summer drought, pushing U.K. temperatures to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C) for the first time on record in July.

Cooler temperatures could surface mid-January.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.